Title
Malfunctioning of the autonomic nervous system in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome : a systematic literature review Malfunctioning of the autonomic nervous system in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome : a systematic literature review
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Hoboken :Wiley-blackwell ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
European journal of clinical investigation. - Berlin
Volume/pages
44(2014) :5 , p. 516-526
ISSN
0014-2972
ISI
000334353300009
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Introduction It is hypothesized that the autonomic nervous system responds differently to various stressors in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) compared to healthy controls. The goal is to systematically review the scientific literature addressing the functioning of the autonomic nervous system in patients with CFS. Materials and methods All studies that were identified through electronic databases (PubMed and Web of Science) were screened for eligibility based on selection criteria and assessed (2 independent raters) for methodological quality by using a methodological checklist for case-control studies. Results Twenty-seven case-control studies were included. The methodological quality varied between 50% and 71,4%. Some studies showed different responses to head-up tilt and other autonomous testing. Conclusion Although comparison between the included case-control studies was difficult, we can conclude that there are differences in autonomous response between CFS patients and healthy controls. The heart rate dynamic response during the head-up tilt test differs between CFS patients and healthy controls, supporting the increased prevalence of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. The autonomic response can be useful for the diagnosis of CFS.
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